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Book: Oink! Only in Korea! - Based on true events that happened in and around the Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Korea circa 1980 by David H. Osterhout

Book: Oink! Only in Korea! - Based on true events that happened in and around the Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Korea circa 1980 by David H. Osterhout

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categories: Book, Korea, DMZ, 2nd Infantry Division, Infiltrators, Demilitarized Zone, Military




David H. Osterhout

Author David H. Osterhoutabout this book: OinK! Only in Korea! is a first hand account of life on the DMZ from the perspective of an Army lieutenant intelligence officer. The year was 1980,the maniacal dictator was Kim il Sung and the mission was trying to stop the infiltrators and spies from entering the country through the four kilometer wide demilitarized zone. In this era before drones and high resolution digital cameras there were only two ways to ferret out the enemy, patrolling and standing watch on guard posts.

The lieutenant's first patrol proved disastrous and set the tone for a tour that saw incredible acts of violence. During a peace-time America, the statistics coming out of Korea were appalling, a shooting incident every ten days and thirty-three combat related deaths during the year. Peace in that part of the world had an unusual definition.

This book was written as a mental purge while the lieutenant spent eight months in the hospital recovering from a wound. The manuscript was placed on a shelf in the closet and remained there for thirty-five years. Now the dictator in North Korea is the grandson of the original fool but the rhetoric between North Korea and the rest of the world is unchanged and as dangerous as ever.


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